Heated High School Hoops Rivalry Packs the House
USC and UCLA, Lakers and Clippers, Angelina and Jennifer, Pink's and Carney's. Rivalries are as much a part of LA as the smog filled air we breathe.
Friday night, one of those rivalries was on display before a sold out, standing room only crowd. Students, parents, basketball fans and college coaches a like squeezed into the tight confines of Fairfax High School's gymnasium to watch two of the city's best high school basketball programs lock up.
The Westchester/Fairfax matchup brought together two teams that are ranked in the top 25 basketball teams in the entire country but are only separated by a 27 minute drive. Westchester, lead by their plethora of perimeter players and USC-bound power forward Dwayne Polee Jr., came in to Friday night's game with a record of 16-1 and ranked number five in the country by MaxPreps. MaxPrep's 25th ranked squad, Fairfax, backed by 6'11 junior Renardo Sidney and another future Trojan in Solomon Hill, hit their home hardwood with a record of 12-2.
With cameras flashing, USC head coach Tim Floyd watching and LA Times live blogging this clash of the titans did not disappoint. Actually, the atmosphere alone was worth the price of admission.